Scorched Plum and Almond Tart

Plums and almonds with beautifully buttery pastry.

TIP: Tart can be made one day ahead. Leave in the tin until cold then refrigerate, covered. To reheat, place tin on an oven tray in a moderately slow over (160C) for about 15 minutes, or until warm. Replace plums with apricots or peaches, if preferred.





Grease a 25cm round x 3.5cm deep, loose-ban flan tin (base measures 24cm).


To make pastry, process flour, sugar, and butter in a food processor to form fine crumbs. Add egg. Process to bring ingredients together. Turn out dough. Shape into a disc. Cover. Refrigerate 15 minutes.


Roll out pastry between two sheets of baking paper until large enough to line base and side of tin. Remove top sheet of paper. Invert pastry over tin. Remove other sheet of paper and ease pastry into tin. Trim edge. Patch any cracks with pasty trimmings. Place on an oven tray. Refrigerate while making filling. 


To make filling, melt butter in a large, non-stick frying pan over a medium to high heat. Add plums, cut-side down. Cook for about 2 minutes, or until lightly scorched. Drizzle honey over plums. Shake pan gently until honey comes to the boil. Remove pan from heat, leaving plums in pan.


Beat butter, sugar and vanilla in a small bowl of an electric mixer until fluffy. Beat in eggs, one at a time, until combined. Stir in almond meal and flour.


Spread jam over base, then spread evenly with almond mixture. Arrange plums, cut-side up, over almond mixture, pressing in lightly.


Cook in a moderate oven (180C) for about 30 to 35 minutes, or until filling is evenly browned. Cover with foil. Cook for a further 15 to 20 minutes, or until filling is cooked in the centre when lightly touched with fingertips. Remove. Stand in tin for 30 minutes.


Serve warm or at room temperature with cream. 

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